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Effortless Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

18 Oct

Hey Peeps!

I got a good one for you today!!!!…This recipe is so quick and effortless to make. Put this in the 5 minute or less recipe section of your files. A little bit ago I wrote about my favorite foods for Fall and Winter and I probably listed 3 or 4 foods that had apples involved in the recipe.  Foods with apples are favorites of mine that stay at the top of my list. Since this is the beginning of Fall and today’s weather is so reflective of it here in Flint, Michigan I thought I would share this comforting and Effortless Caramel Apple Dip.

Make sure your cream cheese is softened prior to mixing.

And your brown sugar!

Use a large bowl to mix them together with an electric mixer.

Mix in pure vanilla extract next.

Go ahead and give it a taste!….. I did. 


This easy peasy dip is a favorite of mine because of its taste and its simplicity. It is very simple to mix this up but, plan to make it a day ahead if you can because it tastes better when served on the next day. Serve with sliced apples, fresh strawberries and crunchy pretzel sticks. You may garnish it with finely chopped peanuts but, I did not because my daughter has a nut allergy and I am always cautious whenever she might be eating anything I make.  Feel free to make two batches; one with nuts and one without. Just be sure to label the dishes *with nuts* or *nut free*.  Prepare this bowl of cream cheese heaven for your upcoming potlucks, holiday parties or tailgates. You will  love, love, love the taste of the blended cream cheese and brown sugar together. And, more than that you won’t believe is basically, that’s all it takes! Smile.

Effortless Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

2 (8oz) bricks of cream cheese softened

1 cup light brown sugar packed

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts *optional*

Using an electric handheld mixer blend together the cream cheese and brown sugar in a large bowl, on a med-low speed until combined. Add in the pure vanilla extract and mix on low.

Transfer the brown sugar mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with *peanuts* if using. On a complementing serving platter prepare sliced apples and fresh strawberries.

***If making ahead, transfer mixed dip into a plastic container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve***

Happy Dipping!

An apple slicer/corer is a life saver. Use this for anything that requires an apple.

Use 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice to keep your apples from turning brown.                        They will keep overnight too!

Perfect Slices in the making!

More Slices.

These fresh strawberries are bright red and so sweet! Delicious!

Can’t wait to share this yummy treat with my family! 


7 Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day When You’re Single & Red Velvet Cupcakes

11 Feb

Valentines Day is approaching super fast. I’m sure the ones who are lucky in love are trying to figure out what to get each other and are planning the perfect date…. But, what if your not lucky in love and looking at Valentines Day as a sad reminder that you are “Single” party of 1? I’m going to give you seven ways to celebrate and enjoy Valentines day and make it one to remember!

  1. Self- care day: All Day, make it all about you. Even if you have to go to work that day. Dress up, wear that outfit and shoes you’ve been holding onto for that one special event that you don’t even have in your planner yet. Treat your-self to goodies all workday: Starbucks or McDonald’s fries and a coke are some ideas. While you’re at work plan your after work events: Do you want your nails done or maybe a massage? Do it!!! Finally, take your self out to dinner. Yes, everyone will be out and all coupled up and that can sometimes be depressing but, don’t even think about that. Every thought you create on your Valentines Day should be only amazing thoughts about you!! What makes you great? Say it and claim it!!! Are you awesome at baking, do you have great style? Think that! How awesome are you at accomplishing your life goals? Are you crushin’ it? That’s the bomb!!! You should be totally pumped about that! So just make this “ME” Day. Because it’s all about you!!!
  2. Send physical Valentine’s Day cards to everyone that you love (not romantically): Send to your mom, dad, sister, brother, grandparents and/or BFF’s. That’s right, go to the store and buy several Valentines Cards picking each one out especially for that loved one. Then sign the card, address the envelope and stick a real stamp on it and put it in the mail! How classic is getting a hand written letter or card in the mail? How special is the person on the receiving end going to feel? Very. Which in turn will make you feel special too. Send some love in the mail. Boom!
  3. Spend some time with an elderly loved one for Valentines Day: Create a memory with them or listen intently while they share their’s.  That’s really something special.
  4. Create a Valentines Day wish list with your Girls over cocktails or mocktails: So, make your significant other wish list; I’ll start: Intelligent, attractive, motivated, christian and God-fearing, employed or self-employed (making money) and, able to hold a great conversation. That’s just for starters….
  5. Take yourself on that dream date you’ve always wanted to go on: Is it to a fancy restaurant or going to listen to live music in an intimate setting or, is it a trip to the museum you’ve never been to and the little 24 hour coney island/breakfast spot in the college district? Do it girl!! What’s stopping you? Go. Something serendipitous might just happen.
  6. Make a romantic dinner at home: Just for YOU! Make your favorite whatever!!  Get your ingredients from the store and turn on that iPad and stream your best-loved tv  show or movie. Light some candles, pour some wine and enjoy YOU! Celebrate you. Oh! Don’t forget dessert! Try the recipe below for Easy and Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
  7. Shoot your shot (Take a chance): If he’s single, why not? But, be cool. Just let him know you think he’s pretty dope and you want to wish him a Happy Valentines Day.


Easy and Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients for cupcakes

1 package boxed German Chocolate cake mix with pudding

1 cup sour cream

½ cup water

¼ cup vegetable or corn oil

2 tablespoons or 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Pre heat oven to 350°. Place 18-21 cupcake or muffin liners in the muffin pans.  In a large bowl mix together the eggs, oil and, water with a heavy wire whisk or electric mixer. Next add in the cake mix, sour cream, vanilla extract and, red food coloring stir together with wire whisk until combined or on low for 30-60 seconds if using mixer (batter may have a few small lumps).

Using a portion scoop and rubber spatula fill each muffin cup with cake batter. You should end up with 18-21 cupcakes. Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 15-18 minutes. The  cupcakes are ready when the tops spring right back when lightly touched on top. Do not over bake.

When the cupcakes are done, remove from oven and cool in the pans for 15 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and let cool completely; about 1 hour.  In the mean time make the icing.

Ingredients for icing

½ cup or 1 stick salted butter at room temperature

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese at room temperature

1 pound box confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt


In a medium to large bowl blend together the softened butter and cream cheese. Add in half the confectioners sugar and mix on the lowest speed so the sugar won’t splatter everywhere. Next, pour in the remaining powdered sugar and the vanilla extract and mix again on the lowest speed till all sugar is incorporated. Add in salt and stir the mixer on the highest speed for 1 minute to make light and fluffy.

***Feel free to add in some food coloring if desired change the color of your icing for a little flare.***

Happy Valentines Day no matter how you decide to spend it. I hope you get some ideas from this post and try out these yummy cupcakes! Send me a picture in the comments if you do. And, let me know how you did spend Valentines.

If you like this post and/or others, please share with your friends and family. Let me know in the comments if you have questions on any of the recipes or other posts on mouthfuloffood.com.

Thank you so much for reading, liking and sharing,

Kim Cherie

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Here’s some pictures of the cupcakes being made…..

This recipe whips up in like 5 minutes!

Put the eggs, oil and, water together in a large bowl.

Scramble together lightly.

Add in the cake mix, sour cream, food coloring and vanilla extract.

Stir again until all ingredients are incorporated.

I picked up these silver liners from a cake and candy supply store. And, you can get a portion scoop from your restaurant supply store.

Bake the cupcakes 15-18 minutes. Using a portion scoop makes your baked goods come out the same size.

They should look just like this when done.  Can’t wait to bite into one!!

Now lets make the icing!

In a medium to large bowl mix together the cream cheese and butter.

Mix in the confectioners sugar and vanilla extract.

Stir in salt last. (I need something to cut the sweetness a little)

And, if you want separate a little icing in a small bowl with a drop of food coloring to change the color.

Decorate your Valentine Red Velvet Cupcakes however you desire and ENJOY!!


Hot Corn Dip on 1st Favorite Cookbook Friday

11 Jan

Something I love to do is browse and read through recipes in cookbooks. I think it’s something I have loved most of my life. While growing up my mother had a collection of cookbooks and recipes. I don’t think she had the time to take advantage of her library of recipes the way I think she wanted to while raising my sister Katrina and I. I remember there were cookbooks by Betty Crocker, Ebony Magazine (both of them now in my collection), books just for cookies, Christmas recipes from newspaper clippings and cookbooks created by co-workers. I would look for easy to make, sweet and savory things. Somehow during a move many years ago some of the books and her favorite recipes were misplaced and never found again. Today her collection has blossomed even bigger than before. 

My grandma on the other hand…. In my 41 plus years I have ever only seen 3 to 4 cookbooks in her house. We spent just as much time at my grandparents house as we did at our own house growing up. My grandma could and would create great meals for our family. But, I almost never saw a cookbook or a recipe card. Almost. I remember 3 cookbooks at grandmas house. The first cookbook I spotted was in the upstairs of the master bathroom of all places (I guess she had no intention from the beginning of using that book). That’s the last place I would look for a cookbook. Well, I read through it plenty. I never got to make anything from but, I remember it clearly. It was a book put out by the Oral Roberts organization. I don’t recall the title but I could tell you exactly what that book looks like today. There was a spaghetti recipe I just wanted to make and taste just once. My mama didn’t make spaghetti enough and grandma didn’t make it like mama. So, all I could do was dream about that pasta and meat sauce through that recipe even though I had no idea what that recipe would taste like. (Go ahead and laugh, it’s ok).

Anyway, the 2nd cookbook I remember was also never used at grandma’s house. I know this because mostly everything that was in that book grandma already made well. The only recipe book I have ever witnessed my grandma use is the book with the recipe for the yeast dinner rolls that she would make on Thanksgiving and on Christmas. My grandma, probably like so many other grandmas know just what to do to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert come out perfect all the time. My grandma doesn’t have it written down. She just says some of this and some of that when I ask her how to make something. Grandma might not need recipes but, I do. 

I thrive on recipes and cookbooks. So, today I want to share not only a recipe but, also a favorite cookbook. Today will be the 1st Favorite Cookbook Friday!

Today I picked to share with you a book by  Trisha Yearwood. The book is titled Homecooking with Trisha Yearwood. It is co-authored by Trisha, her sister Beth and, her mom Gwen.

This is only one of her cookbooks. So far she has written two. Both have great recipes. 

From the beginning the recipes and pictures are a feast for your eyes and then a treat for your belly if you desire. Waffles, pancakes, quiche, salads, sides, soups, entrees, desserts and,  dips……Let me tell you about the Hot Corn Dip. I made it six times over the past Christmas season. I gave it as a gift for 4 separate households. I got rave reviews from each one. Consider this hot and spicy dip for your next party or get together or maybe even an appetizer before dinner at home with your loved ones. 

This appetizer is a ONE BOWL WONDER! Mostly.

                            Hot Corn Dip


2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese

2/3 cups shredded Parmesan cheese

1 eleven ounce can plain canned corn

1 eleven ounce can canned corn with chipotle and peppers 

1 four ounce can chopped chiles

1 four ounce can diced jalapeño 

1 heaping cup of real mayonnaise 

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Shred pepper jack cheese.
  3. Shred Parmesan cheese.
  4. Drain the corn into a mesh strainer and transfer the drained corn into a large mixing bowl. Discard the juice.
  5. Drain chopped chiles and jalapeño and transfer to the large mixing bowl. Discard any juice.
  6. Add into the mixing bowl both the shredded cheeses, the mayonnaise and, the hot pepper flakes if desired.
  7. Mix all the ingredients in the large bowl until all ingredients are evenly combined.
  8. Spray a 9 or 10 inch pie plate or casserole with non stick cooking spray.
  9. Transfer the corn mixture in the prepared pan or casserole dish.

Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until hot, brown and bubbly.

This recipe fits perfectly into a 9 inch aluminum pan from the restaurant supply store. Normally there are tops that match to make transport simple.

So excited to dig into this spicy ensemble of gooey, cheesy corntasticness…..Yes, I just made a new word. 😊

While still warm, transfer to a nice serving bowl and platter. Serve with your favorite brand tortilla chips.

Or take it to your next party or get together!

What are your fondest memories of your mother’s and grandmother’s kitchen? Let me know in the comments! 

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